The 17 Most-Followed Food Critics on Twitter Slideshow
#17 S. Irene Virbila: 5,034 Followers
Bringing up the rear is Los Angeles Times food critic S. Irene Virbila with 5,034 followers. She follows 313 lucky people.
#16 Craig LaBan: 5,192 Followers
Philadelphia Inquirer critic Craig LaBan has 5,192 followers and follows 506 people.
#15 Robb Walsh: 7,083 Followers
Walsh, critic for The Houston Press, pulls in 7,083 followers and follows 227 people.
#13 John Kessler: 8,420 Followers
The head restaurant critic at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has 8,420 followers who log in to read his musings. He's a generous fellow, following 3,044 people in return.
#12 Robert Sietsema: 9,309 Followers
The Village Voice's outspoken critic Robert Sietsema, aka The Man in the Goofy Mask, has 9,309 followers (up from 5,069). He follows a measly 163 people.
#11 Brett Anderson: 11,071 Followers
The New Orleans Times-Picayune restaurant writer is currently on hiatus, but has been invited to resume his post after a fellowship with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Perhaps then he can add to his 11,071 followers (up from 5,404). The man follows 1,207 people.
#10 Alison Cook: 11,261 Followers
The Houston Chronicle's restaurant critic has 11,261 followers (up from 6,434) and follows 1,161 people.
#9 Corby Kummer: 13,855 Followers
The Atlantic's senior editor has a Twitter audience of 13,855 (up from 6,130) and follows a mere 177 people.
#8 Adam Platt: 16,441 Followers
New York Magazine's voluminous restaurant critic has 16,441 followers (up from 6,227) and follows 1,013 people. Presumably, he follows the friends who populate his reviews, like "The Steak Loon", "The French Snob," and "The Restaurant Vulture".
#7 Jeffrey Steingarten: 17,762 Followers
Vogue restaurant writer and grumbling Iron Chef judge Jeffrey Steingarten has 17,762 followers (up from 7,304) and only follows 52 people.
#6 Michael Bauer: 21,028 Followers
Food and Wine Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, Michael Bauer counts 21,028 followers in his Twitter posse (up from 11,382). As for his own following habits? 27 lucky people are followed by the man.
#5 Andrew Knowlton: 22,401 Followers
Bon Appétit's restaurant and drinks editor clocks in at 22,401 followers while following 622 people. One guess as to the high figure? Knowlton cut his then-signature long locks last year, to much applause from the food community.
#4 Tom Sietsema: 22,889 Followers
Tom (no relation to Robert, #12), The Washington Post's resident food critic, has 22,889 followers (up from 12,257) and follows 200 people.
#3 Pete Wells: 32,878 Followers
As befits such a majorly visible position as "restaurant critic for The New York Times," Pete Wells has 32,878 followers and follows 419 people.
#2 Jonathan Gold: 37,153 Followers
At the opposite end of the spectrum from his colleague S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times critic Jonathan Gold holds court with 37,153 followers (up from 18,850), and follows 269 people.
#1 Gael Greene: 139,848 Followers
Grand dame of food and sexuality (and the many ways in which the two intersect), Gael Greene, aka The Insatiable One, dwarfs all of her competitors with a mammoth 139,848 followers (up from 69,230), while only following a meager 88 people in return — talk about being a selfish lover.